Man charged over shopping centre rampage after mask breach

A man has been charged after allegedly going on a rampage at a northern New South Wales shopping centre after being asked to put a mask on.

The 47-year-old entered the shopping centre at Lismore around 12.40 on Thursday afternoon without a mask.

Lismore is one of four northern New South Wales regions subject to COVID restrictions following a positive case in Byron Bay.


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The man was stopped by a security guard who offered him a mask before the guard was allegedly punched in the face and head several times.

Other shoppers stepped in but the man allegedly resisted and punched several other people in the face and chest.

A male bystander suffered bruising to his neck and face.

Police arrived a short time later before the man is then alleged to have kicked a male senior constable in the face, chest and hands.

Police used capsicum spray but that did not stop the man from resisting and kicking at Police.

He was eventually taken into custody before being taken to Lismore Base Hospital for treatment along with the Police officer.

The man was charged with two counts of common assault, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, two counts of resist officer in execution of duty, assault officer in execution of duty, affray, assault police officer in execution of duty cause actual bodily harm, destroy or damage property and a detention application.

He is due to front Lismore Bail Court today.

He has also been given a $1000 fine for breaching COVID restrictions.

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